By Brandon Carter | Byrnes Contributor
Coming off a 54-0 thrashing of Riverside, the Byrnes Rebels (6-0, 3-0) make the road trip to Greenville county in a matchup against the Mauldin Mavericks (4-2, 2-1).
Mauldin has been a great team so far this season with their only losses coming to a solid Hillcrest team, and a great comeback by Gaffney.
However, this game feels like a trap game of sorts, as Dorman is next on the schedule and will likely be in the back of the mind of many players.
Senior safety Ethan Harris didn’t agree with this notion though, saying:
“Mauldin is a much better team now then earlier in the season. They lost to Gaffney by 11 and two plays made that game. I personally don’t see Mauldin as a trap game. As a team, we have the mentality that we are playing Dutch Fork every week” Harris said.
In last year’s matchup between Byrnes and Mauldin, the Rebels were up big at halftime leading 31-0. But the Rebels allowed the Mavericks to hang around in the game, and they almost completed the comeback. The Rebels ultimately prevailed 31-20, but it was a bittersweet win to say the least.
Byrnes has dominated this matchup all-time, winning all but one of their 31 matchups. The one defeat to Mauldin for the Rebels came in 1996 when Mauldin defeated Byrnes 26-21. The Rebels currently hold a 21-game win streak over the Mavericks.
Byrnes boasts one of the best defenses in the state this year, and will look to rely on that in Friday Night’s game. So far this season, the Rebels have allowed only eight points per game and 192 yards per game. They have also made the splash play on defense, forcing 12 turnovers and 22 sacks through only six games.
The offense has been powered by a wide variety of playmakers, including senior quarterback Lawrence Scott, senior running back Rahjai Harris, senior wide receiver Braylin Johnson, and senior tight end Kris Byrd. The offense for the Rebels has been high-powered and explosive this season, averaging 45 points per game and 425 yards of total offense per game. They have also managed to limit their turnovers with only six in the same amount of games.
“If we want to Friday, we need to start with the fundamentals,” Byrnes Head Coach Reggie Shaw said. “Blocking well, tackling well, and protecting the football will be key to a victory. We can’t beat ourselves, we have to be focused and locked in and execute the game plan”
Kickoff is set for 7:30 on Friday, October 11th at Freeman Field in Mauldin, South Carolina.
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